Bean Rarebit Recipe -
Bean Rarebit Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Bean Rarebit

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"This is a lovely cheese sauce on toast. It was my mom's recipe. She used to make this when she had to feed a family of 9 with very few resources. However, I remember this as some of the best comfort food. Serve over buttered toast. For an extra special dish, we like to top it with a fried egg."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    25 mins


  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir onion until soft, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir flour and salt into onion until flour forms a paste, 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Gradually whisk milk and Dijon mustard into onion mixture and bring to a simmer, whisking constantly until the sauce thickens, 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Stir Cheddar cheese and white beans into sauce until cheese melts into sauce, 5 to 7 minutes.
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  • Cook's note:
  • You can use Dijon or yellow mustard. Pinto beans can be substituted for the white beans.

Reviews More Reviews

Mar 17, 2012

thank god for women like your mom...and thank you for saving this recipe

Apr 25, 2012

I served this over toast with a fried egg on top, like the recipe suggests, and it was DELICIOUS! And easy to make! I used skim milk, as it was all I had, and it didn't seem to make a difference. This is definitely a keeper!

Mar 24, 2012

This is FOOD!!! It may be old-fashioned, but boy is this delicious. Just wonderful.

Sep 29, 2012

Lord have mercy! This is GOOD! I made it exactly like the recipe except I made twice the amount and used a mixture of pinto beans, navy beans and black beans. I tasted it to make sure its actually good, and finally stopped myself after the fifth big bite. This is comfort food and so tasty! We shall have it over hot biscuits.

Jun 12, 2014

I have made this several times. I love it, but it is definitely a folksy comfort dish, and so quick and easy to make. I gave it 4 stars because my teenagers will not even try it. Their loss - more for me.

May 06, 2013

This recipe was introduced to me by a friend and I fell in love right away. I like how easy it is to make and that it stretches easily to feed extra people. The leftovers also freeze really well.

Feb 20, 2013

Warm and rich. The fried egg on top is a nice touch. Not something you want to eat if you are trying to lose weight...but I'm not, so I had seconds!

Jan 20, 2014

Made it just as written. Everyone in the family loved it and it was inexpensive, filling, and easy. What more could I ask for?


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  • Calories
  • 365 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 24.4 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 66 mg
  • 22%
  • Fat
  • 22 g
  • 34%
  • Fiber
  • 3.7 g
  • 15%
  • Protein
  • 18 g
  • 36%
  • Sodium
  • 540 mg
  • 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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